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Veterans Benefits Manual

National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) (ISBN: 9781522120896)
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This exhaustive manual is an indispensable guide for advocates who help veterans and their families obtain benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

User-friendly, well-indexed, and packed with practical information, it includes sample forms and briefs, flowcharts, checklists, citations to legal authorities, and other documents designed to streamline the claims process and save you and your veteran client valuable time.

Written by practicing lawyers at the National Veterans Legal Services Program, this manual contains valuable insight and analysis from a team of experts on the front line of veterans law. Use their first-hand experience fighting for veterans' rights and their insider's view of the Department of Veterans Affairs to obtain the benefits your client earned.

The Veterans Benefits Manual contains dozens of effective, battle-tested advocacy tips for veterans and advocates along with all the latest developments in veterans law.

2016 Edition Editors:

National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)
Barton F. Stichman, Joint Executive Director and lead litigator for the National Veterans Legal Services Program
Ronald B. Abrams, Joint Executive Director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program
Amy F. Odom, Director of Litigation of the National Veterans Legal Services Program
Richard V. Spataro, Director of Training and Publications of the National Veterans Legal Services Program

New in the 2016 Edition:

The completely revised 2016 Edition of The Veterans Benefits Manual has been thoroughly updated to include important developments in veterans law over the past year. New highlights include advocacy essentials such as:

•  A discussion and advocacy tips about the important recent Federal Circuit decision making it easier for combat veterans to qualify for service connection (see Section;

•  Discussion of VA Secretary McDonald's offer to 24,000 veterans who filed a claim for traumatic brain injury or an increase in the TBI disability rating between 2007 and 2015 to have their claims reopened (see Section;

•  New citations to the entirely revamped VA Adjudication & Procedures Manual M21-1;

•  New rules for ongoing eligibility for pension benefits, in the post-EVR world (Chapter 6);

•  An update regarding proper analyses of the disability rating for painful joints (see Section;

•  A completely new section addressing the proper disability rating for skin disabilities requiring systematic therapy such as corticosteroids and other immunosuppressive drugs (see Section 5.2.11);

•  Updated information about how to obtain a copy of a VA claims file, including advice about how to challenge the VA's failure to provide a copy within a reasonable amount of time (see Section 16.2.2);

•  Advocacy tips on submitting an Intent to File Claim on VA Form 21-0966 (see Section;

•  Updated VA mailing addresses for correspondences relating to claims and appeals (see Sections 13.3, 13.4.1, 13.4.2, 13.8, 13.8.3);

•  Updated section on upgrading Undesirable Discharges or Discharges Under Other than Honorable Conditions for veterans suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder based on the 2014 Hagel memorandum and February 2016 guidance issued by the Department of Defense (see Section 21.4.9); and

•  Updated information about VA?s new regulations regarding state veterans homes, including per diem payments (see Section 10.7).

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